Collaborative Divorce The Right Attorney Makes All The Difference

Virginia Beach Collaborative Divorce Lawyers

Experienced Collaborative Divorce Attorneys in Virginia

When most people hear the word "divorce," the first thing that comes to mind is a bitter, drawn-out battle between spouses waged in the courtroom. But no divorce is set in stone. What if there was a better way?

A collaborative divorce encourages negotiation between spouses, enabling you to compromise on mutually beneficial terms for your divorce with your soon-to-be-ex. Pursuing a collaborative divorce can help you save time, money, and stress as you dissolve your marriage.

At The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, our Virginia Beach collaborative divorce attorneys can help you pursue an optimal outcome in your divorce case.

To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (757) 267-4949.

What Is a Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative law offers spouses a way to dissolve their marriage without involving the court.

In a collaborative divorce, each spouse hires an attorney. The spouses and their attorneys then conduct a series of meetings to negotiate terms for various divorce-related processes, such as property division, child custody, child support, and alimony.

During these meetings, the attorneys may bring in other professionals to help the spouses compromise on equitable terms for their divorce. For example, your attorney may involve a certified public accountant (CPA) in the property division process to help you split assets and liabilities fairly with your partner.

Using collaborative law to finalize your divorce has a multitude of benefits:

  • It's cost-effective. Collaborative divorce usually costs significantly less than filing for a divorce in court, since you can avoid court fees.
  • It allows you to take control of your divorce. With a collaborative divorce, you don't have to worry about a judge who may not understand your case deciding the terms for your divorce on your behalf. Collaborative law gives you more control over your divorce, helping you (and your soon-to-be-ex) reach a mutually beneficial arrangement both parties find satisfactory.
  • It's more amicable. If you share a child (or children) with your spouse, or just want to remain on good terms post-divorce, using collaborative divorce reduces the stress of the divorce process, helping you stay friendly with your partner.
  • It's faster. Because you circumvent the court, collaborative divorce is often significantly faster than resolving your divorce in the courtroom.

How Do I Get a Collaborative Divorce in Virginia?

The collaborative law process in Virginia usually looks something like this:

  • Both spouses agree to use collaborative law. You must agree to a collaborative divorce with your spouse, which means committing to resolving your divorce out of court (other than to finalize your divorce agreement).
  • You and your spouse each hire a collaborative lawyer. Your lawyer will protect your rights and help you pursue your best interests as you navigate the collaborative law process.
  • Meet with your attorneys and each other. You, your spouse, and your attorneys will conduct a series of meetings and negotiate equitable, mutually beneficial terms for your divorce.
  • Draft a divorce agreement. Once you've agreed on terms, you'll draft a divorce agreement with your spouse. The agreement lays out how you'll handle things like property division, alimony, and child custody and support.
  • Finalize your divorce. To finalize your divorce, you'll need to take your divorce agreement to your county court. A judge will look over the agreement to ensure that it's genuinely equitable and legally sound. Once the judge approves the agreement they'll sign off on it and issue a divorce decree, finalizing your divorce.

At The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, we're proud to offer collaborative law services to our clients. We'll help you understand whether collaborative divorce is the right option for your case, protect your rights, and pursue an ideal outcome as you navigate the divorce process.

Schedule a consultation with our team or learn more about our services. Contact us online or via phone at (757) 267-4949.

Every Client Matters

Your Rights Deserve to Be Protected
  • Lindsey was great !

    “Lindsey was great ! Kept me updated and informed, Attorney Blair got me through a tough time and even though I ended up settling that was my choice to end it not Attorney Blair’s.. i appreciate everyone in the office for their help and hard work on my case as I know it takes many to get the job done… so happy to put this in the past and move on and live my life without this stress thanks again to all the staff and Attorney Blair”

    - Kimberly H.
  • I highly recommend his service.

    “Daniel Miller has done an excellent job with my case. I am so pleased with the outcome of my court hearing. His whole office is top notch providing professional guidance in my time of need. I made a bad decision that got me in trouble with the law. My decision to hire Mr Miller was the start of making good decisions. I was so impressed with my initial consultation on the phone with Mr Miller and even more impressed by his court hearing command. I highly recommend his service.”

    - Steve W.
  • I would recommend them to anyone

    I had a long and exhausting divorce and would like to thank Jeff Blair, Lindsey, and the whole team. I would recommend them to anyone going through a contested divorce

    - Maxwell M.
  • I would highly recommend

    “Attorney Miller, along with his paralegal staff, were very helpful during a time of immense stress for me. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing representation for traffic court.”

    - Jazmin T.
  • Mr. Miller is the best at what he does.

    “Mr. Miller is the best at what he does. He fights tooth and nail for you and gives you the best possible outcome. The entire firm staff was great as well. From constant check ups on you to how you are doing after. God Bless Them All.”

    - Mel C.

Case Results

A Track Record of Success
  • Protective Order Domestic Violence

    Our client's estranged wife had filed a protective order to prohibit him from having contact with her to gain exclusive use and possession of the home. We were successful in showing that she had motive to fabricate and that had consulted with an attorney regarding getting our client out of her house days before filing the request for a protective order.

  • Pre Litigation Defense – Rape Sex Crimes

    Our client was the respondent of a protective order wherein the petitioner alleged that she was raped. She sought a two-year protective order and was seeking to have detectives assist in securing warrants against him. We suspect that the admissions made on cross-examination by the alleged victim at the hearing will prevent the Commonwealth from bringing any charges.

  • Protective Order Family Law

    Our client's estranged wife had filed a protective order to prohibit him from having contact with her to gain exclusive use and possession of the home. We were successful in showing that she had motive to fabricate and that had consulted with an attorney regarding getting our client out of her house days before filing the request for a protective order.

  • Driving Under the Influence 4th Offense– Bond Hearing DUI

    Our client was charged with fourth offense driving under the influence. Based upon his age and pre-existing health conditions, we were able to show that jail was an unsafe place. Our client was released on house arrest conditioned upon his wearing SCRAM bracelet which tracks his location and ensures that he does not consume alcohol.

  • Violation of Protective Order – Appeal Domestic Violence

    Our client was under a protective order to have no hostile contact with his family. The Commonwealth alleged that based upon several text exchanges that he had threatened his teenage children. Without the assistance of counsel, he received 90 days of active incarceration in lower Court. On appeal we were able to reduce his confinement to 24 hours – time served.

  • Breaking and Entering with Intent to Commit Misdemeanor Felony Defense

    Our client was charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor, but the Commonwealth agreed to dismiss the charge at the preliminary hearing stage against our client who suffered severe and debilitating mental illness.

  • Third Offense Petty Larceny Felony Defense

    Our client was charged with felony third offense petty larceny, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in the Virginia State Penitentiary. We were successful in negotiating a reduction to a misdemeanor petty larceny charge with no active jail time.

  • Possession of Marijuana- Appeal Drug Crimes

    Our client plead not guilty to a second offense possession of marijuana charge. We successfully argued that the Commonwealth had failed to prove constructive possession. The case was dismissed.

  • Driving Under the Influence DUI

    Our client was charged with driving under the influence after officers answered a call for service in a church parking lot. Eyewitnesses were able to testify as to the time of operation and identify the driver. Officers testified that they smelled alcohol coming from our client, that he was unsteady on his feet, and that he had not done well on his field sobriety tests. Video evidence secured from the church and bodycam footage did not support the testimony. The DUI charge was reduced to reckless driving.

  • Domestic Violence Domestic Violence

    Our client was alleged to have assaulted the girlfriend of her child’s father during an exchange of the child at a police precinct. Phone video evidence and inconsistencies in the Prosecutor’s witness testimony led to a dismissal of the charge.


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